DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 14

Every week of the 2017 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 14?

Kevin Hanson: Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals ($3,100)

This one is contingent on the health of Joe Mixon, who sustained a concussion on Monday night. If Mixon isn't cleared on a short week, the Bengals, who had placed Jeremy Hill on IR earlier this season, will rely almost exclusively on Bernard out of the backfield. Bernard had a season-high 15 touches and 96 yards from scrimmage last week. At a bargain salary of just $3,100, Gio provides plenty of salary-cap relief and flexibility for the rest of your lineup.

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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 14

Kevin Hanson has posted his Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings for both PPR and standard-scoring formats:

Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule: Weeks 14 to 16

When it comes to picking up or trading for players, one factor to consider is the player's fantasy football strength of schedule. Far from the most important aspect of his outlook, a more favorable fantasy schedule could at least break the tie.

Based on the fantasy points each team has surrendered up to this point, we average what each team's remaining opponents have given up to each position. The higher the number, the more favorable their collective remaining matchups are.

Here are the QB Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule for the remainder of the year:

RankTeamPlayerAvg. PointsPlayoffs
1Los Angeles ChargersPhilip Rivers27.3854.76
2Denver BroncosTrevor Siemien27.0154.01
3New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees26.7653.51
4Buffalo BillsTyrod Taylor26.3452.68
5Arizona CardinalsBlaine Gabbert26.2552.5
Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule

More Fantasy Strength of Schedules: * Note: Average points are an average of fantasy football points allowed of their remaining opponents. The Playoffs column totals their Week 14-16 opponents (average FPA).

Week 14 NFL Picks Against the Spread

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

Below are Week 14 NFL picks against the spread from John Trifone:

Chicago Bears +6.5 over Cincinnati Bengals (3 Units)

The Bears defense has actually been decent this year, and the Bengals have been one of the more disappointing teams this season. Coming off a tough loss to the Steelers, I donít see Cincinnati getting up for this game. Chicago should be able to keep this one closer than the 6.5 line.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft

If anything in this mock is true, it's this statement: This mock will change often and significantly between now and the final version the night before the 2018 NFL Draft next April. As we move closer to the draft, I will continue to update this mock and eventually add all seven rounds.

Note: Draft order is determined by the inverse order of consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings.

For now, here is an early look at how the 2018 NFL Draft could play out:

1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Sam Darnold, QB, USC Trojans

Of course, it takes time to accurately evaluate a draft class, but the widely-held view is that the Browns had a strong draft. Resisting any rumored temptation to draft a quarterback at No. 1 overall, the Browns instead opted for the most talented player in the 2017 draft class: Myles Garrett. They did use a high pick (No. 52 overall), however, on Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, a nice value at that spot.

It's certainly possible that Kizer gets a chance to start a game or two down the stretch especially if the Browns have a poor enough record to earn the top overall pick again, but there's no need to force him into action. In addition, the amount of draft capital used to draft Kizer doesn't necessarily rule out using this pick on a potential franchise-changing quarterback like Darnold.

The early favorite in Vegas to win the Heisman Trophy, Darnold could be the most coveted of this talented crop of signal-callers. With prototypical physical tools as well as outstanding poise and leadership, the redshirt freshman engineered an instant-classic come-from-behind victory over Penn State in Rose Bowl as he threw for 453 yards and five scores.

2. New York Jets (Draft History): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming Cowboys

It's unclear who will be the Week 1 starter for Gang Green, but Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg currently fill their quarterback room. In other words, there's a good chance that their Week 1 starter in 2018 is not currently on the roster.

Allen has great size (6-5, 222) and plays in a pro-style offense although he is a bit raw. As one AFC Exec told MMQB's Albert Breer, "Heís a big olí kid with a big arm, and heís pretty athletic too. We gotta learn more about him, but the tools are there." Coincidentally, Allen plays at Wyoming for Craig Bohl, who recruited Carson Wentz to North Dakota State.

3. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): Derwin James, S, Florida State Seminoles

If the 49ers make it three consecutive quarterbacks with UCLA's Josh Rosen here, it wouldn't be a surprise. That said, it's perhaps more likely that Kirk Cousins signs a free-agent deal with the 49ers next offseason.

Meanwhile, one ACC coach said of James before the start of last season: "Derwin James is flat scary good. He could probably start at all 11 positions. Heís one of those freaky guys who might be better than [Jalen] Ramsey when itís all said and done."

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